If the Museum of Science and Industry does not sound like something you and your family would be interested in, another option would be the Navy Pier. When my Mom arrived Sunday morning at Union Station, I met up with her and jumped onto the CTA Bus # 124. This bus route was specifically created to just go between Union Station and Navy Pier. The closest ‘L’ stop to Navy Pier is on the RED line at the GRAND station. From there take the Free Navy Pier Trolley that runs from GRAND station directly to Navy Pier from Memorial Day to Labor Day plus during a few other special events. If that isn’t running, you can also jump on the CTA Bus #65 and it will take you to the front of Navy Pier.
Included on the Go Chicago Card is a five attraction pass to the small amusement park on Navy Pier. The pass has no expiration and anyone can use it. You can choose from the Ferris Wheel, the Musical Carousel, Chicago themed Miniature Golf, Old-Fashioned Swings and for the little tykes there is a small Lighthouse Drop ride. The one attraction not to miss is the Ferris Wheel as it will give you great views of Navy Pier, the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. While you are at Navy Pier, there are also many shops and restaurants to stop at. I suggest getting some Garrett Popcorn for a snack and eating dinner at the Harry Carey’s Tavern.
Another attraction located at Navy Pier that is included on the Go Chicago Card is the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. While I didn’t go in, just looking at their website makes me wish I was eight again and was able to run around this museum. The current exhibit Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard looks like a lot of fun since I have always liked to build my own creations. I would have also been able to build whatever my imagination came up with at the Legoland Discovery Center Chicago. Now, in my mid twenties, I still love building with Legos and would have loved to have made it to the Discovery Center. Entrance is included on the Go Chicago Card but there is also a Lego store next door that is always free to enter. Most importantly, in order to enter the Discovery Center, there must be a child 12 or under in your group. To get there, take the CTA BLUE Line to the ROSEMONT Station. Transfer to the Route 606 Pace bus and exit soon after the Woodfield Mall stop but asking the bus driver which exit would be your best bet.